Show me your neighborhood. {Basiglio, Italy}

 

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Today I’m going to take you on a walk through my little Italian neighborhood!

I find it fascinating to learn about + see where other people live, and was thrilled when I found Annabelle’s blog and lovely project, Show me your neighborhood around the world last year.

It was so fun to read about other neighborhoods literally all around the world, that I thought it would be fun to join in. I signed up for it earlier this year, and today it’s my turn to share!

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We live just outside of Milan, Italy in a little village called Basiglio. I was drawn to it immediately when we came for our first visit to Milan, because it has a charming Italian feel to it and it’s not far from the international school my kiddos attend.

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In the center of the village there is a police station, doctor’s office, bakery, coffee bar, travel agency, beauty parlor, restaurant, and a veterinarian office.

After living in America where I had to drive everywhere, it is so nice to be able to walk to the bakery, or to dinner if we want!

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Via Roma is one of the main streets in town. It is lined with typical Italian homes, all connected to each other. Basiglio has a mix of small apartment buildings and attached homes with small gardens, called villas.

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Most people out here where we live in the ‘burbs drive a car. People also ride bikes, motorcycles and ride the bus where we live.

Our town is quiet and peaceful, but then you drive out of the village and almost immediately there are cars and motorcycles on every side, everyone is always in a hurry!

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My local grocery store is about a 3 minute drive from my house. There are several larger grocery stores about 20 minutes drive away which I go to as well.  I love this one because it is easy, small and close and has the basics. They also have a wonderful little bakery + café that sits right in front of the store.

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I failed at getting a photo of my little local market I love, but this is a typical green grocer market you will find in many neighborhoods. They usually sell fresh fruits and veggies and a few basic groceries and household items inside.

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Our little village is quiet and green (compared to the city!) with many trees, parks and bike paths. Basiglio is surrounded by arborio rice fields, which is used to make the wonderful northern Italian specialty dish of risotto.

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Basiglio Bike Path.

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Along the Basiglio Bike Path.

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Rice fields behind my house.

This is the International school where my kids attend. They love it and have made friends from all over the world there! Their classes are in English, but they take an Italian language class.

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We love to go into Milan and when we go, we drive about 15 minutes to the nearest metro station and take the metro in. People who live in the center of Milan usually walk, ride bikes or motorcycles, take the tram or the metro.

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Duomo di Milano.

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We live near this little yellow church, and it makes me so happy that I take pictures all the time of it.  Once we made peace with the bells that ring every 30 minutes around the clock… we were in love. I  have about a bazillion photos of it.

 

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Thanks for hanging out with me in Italy!  Head over to the Piri Piri Lexicon to read more of this excellent series.  Next stop around the world is  Switzerland!

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Grazie Mille Annabelle for letting me join this worldwide adventure!

<3 H

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One Day.

 

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One day.

Today I am joining in the fun of the One Day Hollywood Housewife project. The idea behind this is documenting the little details in our lives. The things that aren’t usually “post worthy”.

If you’ve never met Laura, from Hollywood Housewife, you really should!

I’ve never met her either, but you know how online friends are, they share their lives and suddenly you feel like you are buddies. I mean that in the most nice + non-creeper way possible. ha!

Laura blogs about her life as wife, mom and friend- living in Hollywood. She shares lots of fun stuff, and stuff that makes me think..

Anyway, I’m jumping in to this project today. Come follow along on Instagram… Or better yet, join in wherever you are!

It will be great fun! You can search #OneDayHH over there and see posts from all over the world- the little details of peoples lives, which I find FASCINATING!

I have no idea what my day will hold, other than it’s a busy one- hence the ginormous coffee cup in my first picture above.

I’m getting ready to head out of town for a few days so it will be filled with exciting stuff like grocery shopping for my family, a quick trip to the mall for last minute things for my kids, and packing.

Tomorrow I’m headed to Salone del Gusto in Torino, something I’ve dreamed of attending for years. Can’t wait to share my delicious finds with you…

 

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I can’t wait to look back at the end of the day what the snapshot of this chapter of our lives looks like.

A fun perspective for sure.

 

<3 H

 

Bergamo. {travel tuesday}

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 Bergamo | October, 2014

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Summer Farro Salad.

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Have you ever tried Farro?

I had it for the first time when I was in Umbria a few years ago. We tried it first in a salad similar to this one. Then in soup, and in a risotto with shaved truffles.

We were hooked!

Farro is an ancient grain that has been eaten for centuries by the ancient Romans and people near the Mediterranean.

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It is used in soups, salads, or side dishes. It can replace rice, wheat berries or quinoa in almost any recipe.  It’s delicious in risotto, replacing the usual Arborio rice.

I love to use it in tabbouleh, or make a side dish with farro, pesto, pine nuts and cherry tomatoes. So simple and delicious.

But this way is my absolute favorite!

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36 hours. {Cinque Terre}

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Our friends from home came to visit early in the summer, and we decided to do a quick getaway to Cinque Terre while they were here.

Many people know Cinque Terre from the GORGEOUS photos of its beautiful villages clinging to the sides of the hills above the Mediterranean Sea. It seems to be the darling cover girl of the travel magazine world.

It’s been on our list of “must see” places, we just hadn’t made it there yet. Let me tell you, it was just as beautiful as the photos, if not more so.

Definitely a pinch me moment when you are standing next to that gorgeous water with the colorful buildings tumbling down the hillside behind you!

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Many friends from Milan have gone there as a day trip, but that seemed a little overwhelming to me. Doing an overnight stay was ideal for us.

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